37k Original Miles: 1967 Mercury Cougar

While the listing is a bit vague on the specifics, it appears that this 1967 Mercury Cougar has been sitting for many years. It has only traveled a claimed 37,000 miles and has recently been returned to active duty. Barn Finder Rocco B spotted the Cougar for us, so thank you so much for that Rocco. The Mercury is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is listed for sale here on Craigslist. The owner has set the price for the Cougar at $8,850.

The owner says that the body and paint on the Cougar are original and that the car is rust-free. There is a noticeable dent in the driver’s door, the vinyl top is beginning to lift, and a couple of the badges are missing. The Inverness Green paint also has a lot of minor scratches and marks in it, so a repaint is almost certainly going to be on the cards. I’ve also noticed that the headlight covers, especially the one on the driver’s side, are quite crooked. These will need to be checked to ensure that they open and close cleanly. The owner also supplies this YouTube video which provides a walk-around of the car. I would recommend taking a Dramamine before viewing it, as the camera work is a bit shaky.

The Cougar comes equipped with a 289ci V8, and a 4-speed manual transmission. The owner has put a fair amount of work into reviving the Cougar, and it is now said to run and drive well. The brakes have received new wheel cylinders, a master cylinder, and pads. There is also a new clutch, new oil pump, a new fuel pump and lines, and new tires. In the previously mentioned YouTube video, you can hear the engine running, and it sounds very nice.

There is no reason why you couldn’t leave the interior of the Cougar as it is, and get out and drive the car. The carpet is a bit faded, and there are a couple of creases in the headliner at the rear pillar, but the rest of it looks quite good. I’m not sure just how much effort has been put into cleaning the interior since the car came out of storage, but I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a lot. I really think that a new carpet set and a good clean would have it looking pretty nice in there.

I can tell those of you who have never been lucky enough to discover an original, rust-free classic hiding in a barn, it’s a pretty amazing experience. I have managed to do it once, and even though it was more than 30-years-ago, it is a memory that remains fresh in my mind. That appears to be what the owner of this Cougar has done, and now it looks like a new owner is set to reap the benefits of this great piece of luck.

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Comments

  1. CATHOUSE

    The wrinkled headliner is a sign of water damage/leakage. There is an above average chance that there will be at least some rust around the rear window. The misaligned headlight door may be due to a cracked headlight housing. If that is the case a replacement housing is not hard to source.

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  2. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Uummmm.. I’m no expert on interiors, but is photo #10 on the Craigslist listing of this car before any work was done to it??? It looks a little..different…

    The front bumper looks like it got hit in the center, but all in all I wouldn’t mind owning this car all things considered..

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    • Fred W

      Good catch, Nevada! Now we all have to know what the stray vehicle is. I say Chevrolet, around 1935-36, due to the artillery wheel spotted in the background of another photo. And the bowtie on the dash.

      • Puhnto

        Look again. Chrysler Airflow!

    • PatrickM

      …and the dent in the drivers door and in the panel just behind it. To me, it looks like it has been in a few small accidents. Lower the price by $2,000.00 and seller might get somewhere.

  3. Dean

    Vacuum….power source…a few minutes..SMH..I do like it, however..especially the 4-speed

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  4. cold340t

    Love Cougars! Only @6 out of 100 were manuel trans. 3/4spd Cougars are where the money is. That is @6 out of 100 for 67′-70′.

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  5. theGasHole

    Ahhhh but it doesn’t have the ultra-rare TV option. For real, that was a thing. I’ve only seen one ever with it, and the TV still worked.

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  6. Roger

    Shared this with my cousin who has owned two of these,an XR7 in the same color minus the vinyl top but with a tan interior and the same 289/ 4 speed combo and his current one that has a 302/automatic.

  7. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    My favorite year for cougars. I worked at Boeing Renton in 68, a fellow worker had a black one 390/4 speed man that car would burn the tires off. Another time I turned wrenches for a man in Kirkland, Washington. His son drove one with 289/302 with 4 speed. Very nice car but the kid didn’t appreciate it because it was about 17 years old at the time, older than he was.
    God bless America

  8. Del

    Not bad. Even the price….

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